A man named Gerald Jampolsky once said that if we are willing to help others, we can learn to be happy rather than depressed. I agree. It’s one of the reasons I blog about what I do. Yesterday, I shared why using your message for good is so important, and today I want to talk about how I do just that. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired!
There are many moms out there who have dealt with the type of loss I have and cannot seem to shake their grief. It’s okay to grieve, but I want to help others to understand that they can have a life after loss – they can move on from their grief and not get stuck in it.
This is my message. It’s also how I help others, and ultimately, myself. Here are a few things that have come out of it that help me know I’m doing good…
- I started a loss mom interview series where I interview a mom who’s experienced the loss of a child in some way. Through this, she shares her story, which is huge for her, and she helps my readers further connect with loss, whether it’s a loss mom knowing she’s not alone or a person who hasn’t experienced it seeing the other side.
- I have made connections with moms going through loss and been able to offer support. Whether it be through supporting their music campaigns like I did with Jetty Rae, who wrote a special song for Carter, or by supporting a triplet mom by helping her build a website to blog her truth. My husband and I have even gone to dinner with loss moms.
- My husband and I started a fundraiser called Celebrate Carter in honor of our lost son and we raise funds for other organizations that are helping the loss community.
- I speak about loss at various community events and I’m writing books about loss, one in particular about how a friend or family member who hasn’t experienced loss can help someone they know that has.
Can you believe that all this started with this blog and my desire to talk about the loss of my son?
Did you know that you can do it, too? There’s a reason you’re blogging (or doing whatever you do in life that you feel led to do – it doesn’t have to be blogging). That reason is your message; what you do with it is your choice.
Here’s a few more people who are using their message for good:
If there’s any message to my work, it is ultimately that it’s OK to be different, that it’s good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgement on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color. ~Johnny Depp
One of the things we’ve always tried to do is help others with our story. Whether it’s with the infertility issues, whether it’s with the breast cancer, we said we’re gonna turn these negatives into positives. And if we can help others by sharing our story, then it’s worth it. ~Bill Rancic
So, tell me… what good are you doing? How are you making a difference with your blogging and using your message for good? Tell me in the comments below.
For more of the 31 Days Of Blogging Your Truth series, click the image below. Stay tuned – tomorrow I’ll be sharing more images from the #CaptureYourGrief photo series.
I can feel the change, I’m just not sure where it needs to happen or what it looks like. I try to do good, and share knowledge, and help, but I’m wondering what key piece I’m missing. And then I wonder if I CAN do any good. LOL Silly, I know. And too general. I mean with the topic I have going now, and the way I am presenting it now. Does it make a difference or where should I alter things. You’ve given me stuff to ruminate on. Thanks.
Stacey, I completely understand your dilemma. You may not be missing anything! I have very few readers right now and my growth is happening at a slow pace, and that can make a person think they aren’t doing the right thing, but the reality is, I am! And, we can ALL do good – there is an audience for what you are wanting to share. But, it is always good to reflect and I hope you’re able to find some answers. 🙂